Herbs erect to ascending, with rarely rooting, branching base, 1.3–10.5 dm. Stems , internodes not lined, with black glands scattered all over. Leaves spreading or ascending, usually sessile, rarely petiolate (to 1 mm); blade elliptic or oblong to lanceolate or triangular-lanceolate, or oblanceolate, 14–40(–58) × 3–17(–22.5) mm, base cordate to narrowly cuneate, margins plane, apex usually rounded to retuse, rarely acute to obtuse, midrib with 3–5 pairs of branches, , black glands intramarginal (dense) and laminar (scattered). Inflorescences subcorymbiform to cylindric, 10–206(–600)-flowered, . Flowers 8–15 mm diam.; sepals not imbricate, erect in fruit, lanceolate or oblong-lanceolate to elliptic or ovate-elliptic, subequal, (1.5–)2–4 × 0.8–1.6 mm, apex acute to rounded; petals pale yellow, oblanceolate to elliptic, 3–6(–9) mm; stamens (20–)30–60; anther gland black; styles 1–4 mm. Capsules ovoid to subglobose, 2.5–6 × 2–3.5(–4) mm, with longitudinal vittae or elongate to ovoid vesicles. Seeds not carinate, 0.5–0.7 mm; testa linear-reticulate. 2n = 14, 16.
"Erect perennial 5–10 dm, with few branches below the infl; lvs oblong-elliptic to narrowly oblong, the larger 4–6 cm and over 1 cm wide, blunt or even retuse; infl usually small, crowded; fls short-pediceled, 8–15 mm wide; sep heavily dotted and lined with black, ovate-oblong, obtuse or broadly acute, 2.5–4 mm; pet 4–7 mm, copiously beset with amber glands; seeds under 1 mm; 2n=16. Moist or dry soil, fields, and open woods; Que. to Minn., s. to Fla., Miss., and Okla. June–Aug. (H. subpetiolatum)"
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